Tilquin Oude Pinot Gris À l’ancienne

Brewery: Gueuzerie Tilquin
Country: Belgium
ABV: 8.4%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: 2017-2018

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Beer of spontaneous fermentation, the Old Pinot Gris Tilquin is made from the fermentation of 280 gr of Pinot Gris grapes by liter of lambic. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, this beer is refermented in the bottle.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.74
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.6

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, with a neck label of 2017-2018, and a best before date of 21st December 2027. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A clear golden orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly to a small lasting collar around the glass, while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Apple peel, yeast, doughy, green apple, white grape, vinous, oak, with some light funky notes.
Taste: Sour, tart, white grape, vinous, oak, straw, funky, apricot, with some light pear and citrusy grapefruit and lemon notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Excellent, super enjoyable. The aroma was perfect, followed by great flavours, complexity, lots of fruit, and vinous, balanced with oak and funk. Looks like I’ll need more for my cellar.

Tilquin Oude Gueuze À l’ancienne

Brewery: Gueuzerie Tilquin
Country: Belgium
ABV: 7%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Gueuze)
Other Notes: 2017-2018

Brewer Description: (from bottle in Dutch) Bier met spontane gisting, de Oude Geuze Tilquin is een mengeling van 1, 2 en 3 jaar oude lambiek gerijpt op eiken vaten. Niet gefilterd en niet gepasteuriseerd, dit bier is hergist op fles.

(translated to English) Beer with spontaneous fermentation, the Oude Gueuze Tilquin is a mixture of 1, 2 and 3 year old lambic matured in oak barrels. Not filtered and not pasteurized, this beer is refermented in the bottle.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.45
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 375ml corked and caged bottle, with a neck label of 2017-2018, and a best before date of 22nd November 2027. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen gueuze glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy golden orange colour with a thin white head that dissipated quickly but settled to a ring around the glass, while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Lemon zest, green apple, straw, hay, barnyard, funk.
Taste: Lightly sour, tart, grapefruit, green apple, grape, lemon, funky, and oak.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: One of my favourite regular Gueuze’s in my opinion. Just great balanced aroma and flavours.

Wildflower Solera

Brewery: Wildflower Brewing & Blending
Country: Australia
ABV: 5%
Style: Wild Ale
Other Notes: Australian Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from website) Solera is a spelt beer aged in foudre. It’s recipe is similar to our Gold except raw spelt is exchanged for raw wheat. We took the seventh pull of half the volume of our 2,400 litre foudre on 22 May 2020 and packaged it, unblended, on the same day.

This is, somewhat sadly, our final release of Solera. After making this pull we decided as a brewery to not refill the foudre with a spelt beer. This came about for a number of reasons, but principally the fact that we cannot source raw spelt from our organic farmers, the Greenwoods, who we purchase all the other grains we make our beer from. While there were organic options out there, we had decided to take a step closer towards being more hindered as to what we make based on what they grow. If the Greenwood’s find a suitable space and need spelt in their crop rotation and cycle, we may choose to use it again then. In the meantime, we are keen to work closer with what is already existing in their rotation. This was coupled with the fact that despite its best efforts, we were not convinced that the Solera beer was reaching the same levels as our Gold and Amber. While the production method of iterative blending was intriguing and educational for our palates, we feel that the specific blending of smaller oak barrels lends us more diversity and depth of flavours. Tasting this blend at release, I fear I may have made a misjudgement. However, this is now in the past. More grains, development and educational opportunities are now ahead of us.

At release, the aromas are earthy and funky and with strong orange citrus. Savoury marmalade overtones lifted by oak spice. This pull has great tension. The acidity is firm but in harmony with the dominant orange citrus. It’s bright and energetic, the length is lovely and the finish is all sherbet and cellar funk.

The base beer is brewed entirely with New South Wales cereals: NSW grown Gairdner ale malt from Providence Malt and raw spelt thanks to Voyager Craft Malt. It is made with filtered Sydney water, Motueka (NZ) and Saaz (CZ) hops. Finally, it was fermented with our house culture of brewers yeast, foraged wild yeast and naturally occurring souring bacteria native to New South Wales. It was bottled on 22 May 2020 and naturally conditioned through refermentation for 15 weeks before being seen outside the brewery. At packaging, Solera Pull #7 was 5.0% ABV and 1.2°P (FG = 1.005 SG).

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.19
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml bottle, pull #7, bottled in May 2020, and with a best before date of May 2025. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen Zenne glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a thin white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass, while leaving some tiny spotty lacing.
Aroma: A nice citrus fruit blend, light funk, oak, lemon, lemon zest, orange, with stone fruit notes.
Taste: Tart, lightly sour, lemon, lime, very light funk, oak notes, apricot, with hints of lightly spiced pepper.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Very enjoyable, refreshing and easy to drink.

Magic Rock Clairvoyance

Brewery: Magic Rock Brewing
Country: England
ABV: 7.2%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA
Other Notes: DDH IPA

Brewer Description: (from website) A smoothly balanced and refreshing IPA brewed with our house Golden Promise base malt along with Golden Naked Oats, Wheat & Acidulated malt. Citra and Vic Secret hops in whirlpool and dry hop deliver aromas and flavours redolent of passion fruit, mango and lime. Fermented with our house Californian ale yeast (WLP001) to give great drinkability and a clean hop profile.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.89
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 440ml can with a best before date of 9th July 2021. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Mango, orange zest, citrus rind, lime, pine, and subtle notes of peach gummy candy.
Taste: Lightly sweet and bitter, grapefruit, mandarin, citrus zest, pine, with a hint of mango and peach and a tinge of lime on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Refreshing and easy drinking, although having also just tried Biotransformer, I think I preferred that a bit more.

Magic Rock Biotransformer

Brewery: Magic Rock Brewing
Country: England
ABV: 6%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA
Other Notes: DDH IPA. Malts – Golden Promise, Malted Wheat & Malted Oats. Hops – T90 – Citra, Simcoe & Mosaic / Cryo Hops – TRI2304CR Blend. Yeast – WLP066 London Fog

Brewer Description: (from website) A collaboration with Yakima Chief Hops trialling experimental Cryo Hops® TRI2304. A huge aroma of citrus peel, peach and mango on the nose with a full mouthfeel. Taste juicy fruit, mango, and guava with mild grapefruit and lime zing, this DDH IPA is low in bitterness but high in flavour and balance.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.08
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 440ml can with a best before date of 8th July 2021. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden colour with a nice two fingered white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: A bit weak, but sweet mandarin, citrus zest, and notes of melon and mango.
Taste: Tangy citrus, mandarin, orange peel, citrus zest, with notes of mango, and light bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Aromas were a bit weak, but other than that it’s got nice refreshing flavours of citrus and tropical fruits.